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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-05-14

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News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Service Presse et Communicationb

Midday Express 14/05/2001

  • [01] Romano Prodi : "Determined to deliver" Speaking today in Brussels at the inaugural ceremony of the Third United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, European Commission President Romano Prodi declared that the cancer of poverty urgently needs to be removed if Least Developed Countries are overcome the many challenges they face. Recalling that the European Union is today one of the world's largest donors of development aid, he stated : "It is in our power to remove that cancer and it is our duty and responsibility to do so". President Prodi set out the different measures already taken and being taken to fight poverty by the EU in the areas of health, trade, debt and development assistance. He called on the whole of the international community to commit themselves to joint action to eradicate poverty. President Prodi reiterated the EU's commitment to making a success of the conference saying : "A Global Programme of Action for the next ten years is needed, and this conference must produce one. But the EU will call the conference a success only if the programme agreed here is implemeneted and genuinely improves the lives of poor people. The EU for its part is determined to deliver."
  • [02] Commission and USA sign cooperation agreements on energy research Today, European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin and US Secretary of State for Energy, Spencer Abraham, sign an Implementing Arrangement covering scientific cooperation in the field of non-nuclear energy and a Cooperation Agreement on nuclear fusion. The main fields of collaboration envisaged in the former are fossil energies and coping with climate change, new energy sources such as hydrogen and solar energy and energy efficiency. They represent major issues of mutual interest with a strong bearing on the security of energy supply, industrial competitiveness and sustainable development. Both the US and the EU run substantial energy research programmes and are therefore interested in developing these areas together and in learning from each other's experience. Collaboration is likely to involve developing joint standards, sharing unique R&D facilities, workshops, exchanging and networking experts, conducting joint technology foresight studies, and coordinating research projects. The agreements cover two of 15 fields mentioned in an EU-US Cooperation Agreement signed in October 1998.
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Systematics by Electronic Data Systems The European Commission has cleared the acquisition of German information technologies (IT) services company Systematics AG by US informatics and consultancy company Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS).
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition by Industri Kapital of the chemical business of Perstorp Ab, subject to commitments The European Commission has approved the proposed acquisition by Industri Kapital Group of the chemical operations of Swedish company Perstorp AB, subject to the divestiture of Industri Kapital's phenolic resins operation in Meerbeeck (Germany) and Perstorp's resins and merchant formaldehyde businesses in Perstorp (Sweden). Without those commitments, the transaction would have given rise to competition concerns in the markets for gas compound formaldehyde and two types of formaldehyde based resins.
  • [05] Commission welcomes Council backing for its fight against killer diseases The European Commission today welcomed the ringing endorsement given by EU Member States to its action plan for fighting communicable diseases. Member states meeting in the General Affairs Council backed the Commission's 5- year plan for fighting HIV / AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis which was unveiled on 21st February. The action plan reaffirms the EU's commitment to fight the major communicable diseases on all possible fronts, notably trade, development assistance and research. Welcoming today's backing from the Council, Commission President Romano Prodi said : "The full backing of Member States is particularly timely and welcome, coming as it does on the opening day of the United Nations Least Developed Conference. I congratulate the EU Member States on this timely decision and I call on all our partners to join the EU in implementing this plan."
  • [06] Croatia : Stabilisation and Association Agreement negotiations with Croatia concluded ( ! embargo 1.30 pm !) European Commissioner for External Relations Chris Patten and the Croatian Foreign Minister Tonino Picula today initialled the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between the European Communities and the Republic of Croatia. After a process of negotiations for a SAA which lasted less than six months, the third and the last round of SAA negotiations between the Croatian and the European Commission negotiators was held on 11 May 2001. The Agreement will be initialled during a special ceremony on the 14 May 2001 on the margins of the General Affairs Council in Brussels.
  • [07] EU to establish diplomatic relations with Democratic People's Republic of Korea The European Commission, in consultation with the Member States of the European Union, has decided to establish diplomatic relations between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the European Communities. It is hoped that this will facilitate the European Union's efforts in support of reconciliation in the Korean Peninsula, and in particular in support of economic reform and easing of the acute food and health problems.
  • [08] Table ronde à Cannes sur les nouveaux instruments de soutien de l'UE à l'audiovisuel Viviane Reding, membre de la Commission européenne responsable pour la Culture et l'Audiovisuel, et Philippe Maystadt, Président de la Banque Européenne d'Investissement, ont invité le 17 mai prochain à Cannes, à l'occasion du marché annuel du film et du festival, des banquiers et des professionnels de l'industrie audiovisuelle à une table ronde sur le financement du cinéma européen. L'objectif de cette rencontre est de présenter aux financiers et aux opérateurs de nouveaux instruments de soutien au cinéma européen complémentaires au programme Media Plus.
  • [09] Les films soutenus par Media à Cannes en 2001 et le bilan de Media 2 (1996-2000) Doté de 400 millions d'euros, le programme Media Plus (2001-2005) de l'Union européenne soutient l'industrie cinématographique européenne aux stades du développement des films puis de leur distribution et de leur promotion. Il a pour objectifs de contribuer à l'amélioration de la compétitivité de l'industrie cinématographique européenne et de promouvoir la circulation des films européens.
  • [10] Franz Fischler : "It is time for Austria to think genuinely European" "Austria as a small State can only profit from the membership in the European Union. Economically speaking, it has already profited. I hope that Austrians will also fully discover the political benefits of EU-membership. Our years of EU-apprenticeship are over. It is time that Austria starts to think genuinely European", said Franz Fischler, European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries in his opening speech on 'Austria in the EU' at the University of Innsbruck. Mr Fischler stressed that Austria's accession to the EU has had "clearly positive" results from both an economic and political point of view. According to Commissioner Fischler, since joining the Union five years ago, Austria has achieved a higher growth rate in GDP, an overall productivity increase of 1% per year, increased competitiveness which has drawn in substantial foreign investment and substantial progress in the regional development, especially in the Burgenland. He urged Austria to build up alliances together with other countries in Europe, particularly with its neighbours and the CEECs.
  • [11] Fusions approuvées selon la procédure simplifiée - Bertelsmann AG (DE) / RTL Group SA (LU) - Dow Chemical Company (US) / Ascot, plc (UK)
  • [12] Autre matériel diffusé Speech by Pascal Lamy on Trade and sustainability at the Rio+10 Conference (10/05) Discours de M. Lamy : "La mise en oeuvre des principes directeurs de l'OCDE sur les entreprises multinationales" (10/05)


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